Nigeria’s Alice Oluwafemiayo sets new world record at Mexico City 2017.

The very first day of the World Para Powerlifting Championships saw Nigeria’s Alice Oluwafemiayo smash the women’s up to 86kg world record.

Oluwafemiayo won after clearing the bar at 140kg before lifting 145kg in her fourth attempt to break the world record of 144kg her compatriot Loveline Obiji had set back in 2014.

“I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting,” said Nigeria’s newest world champion.

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China’s Feifei Zheng (130kg) claimed silver at her first major international competition, while Egypt´s 2010 world champion Geehan Hassan (125kg) completed the podium.

Mexican Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo won a thrilling gold in front of his home crowd in the men’s up to 107kg.

“There’s nothing like winning the gold medal at a World Championships in your country in front of your family,” said Castillo Castillo. “Since Mexico was announced the host country I thought about this moment. It was a really intense competition and I want to thank my coach for the strategy that made this gold medal possible.”